New Year, New Dreams

By Flor Selena C., Dream Project Scholar, Lafayette Class of 2022 If there is one thing I learned from my first semester is to be patient. My first semester in college was a roller coaster of emotions. From orientation, to my first day of classes, to homesickness, to eating burnt and uncooked rice (It was a traumatizing experience), to learning how …

The Downtrodden. The Underdogs. The Longshots.

By Kiley Kio, College of William & Mary 2020 Through my summer internship at the Dream Project, I learned that leaders are not necessarily the people with high paying salaries or impressive resumes. Leaders are our moms, our neighbors, our teachers. As an informed individual, I am compelled to believe that my education is a key to helping those less …

2017-2018 Annual Report

We know it can be hard to receive a constant stream of bad news when it comes to immigration. Parents are deported. Children are separated from their families. A solution is out of sight. Please let our 2017-2018 Annual Report be your glimmer of hope. We are excited to share with you the inspiring stories of our students and our work this past year. …

Vice-Chair earns the Joan White Grassroots Award

“Volunteers make dreams come true…” -Jane Powell, Dream Project Vice Chair On October 10, 2018, Volunteer Alexandria awarded Dream Project’s Vice-Chair, Jane Powell, the Joan White Grassroots Service Award. The Joan White Grassroots Service Award is given to a volunteer who has selflessly committed time, energy and skills to help an organization to further its mission. “Life can be beautiful …

Founder and Chair Wins Spirit of Community Award

On Thursday, September 27, Dr. Emma Violand-Sanchez, founder and current Chairman of the Board of the Dream Project, received the William T. Newman, Jr. Spirit of Community Award from the Arlington Community Foundation in Arlington, Virginia. The Arlington Community Foundation uses the power of philanthropy and its role as community convener and catalyst to improve the quality of life in …

Progressive Voice: Celebrating the Achievements of Young Neighbors, Who Happen to be Immigrants

Please read “Progressive Voice: Celebrating the Achievements of Young Neighbors, Who Happen to be Immigrants” by Dream Project Board Member Joseph Leitmann-Santa Cruz. “For the past two years, I have had the privilege of being on the Board of Directors of the Arlington-based Dream Project. Dream Project is a non-profit organization with a mission to empower students whose immigration status …

Progressive Voice: Celebrating What Diversity Brings to Arlington

Please read “Progressive Voice: Celebrating What Diversity Brings to Arlington” by Dream Project Board Member Joseph Leitmann-Santa Cruz. “One significant step in building equity in Arlington is how for the past 40 years, Arlington has been a gateway community for thousands of immigrants settling not only to the commonwealth but across the United States. Immigrants from nearly 120 countries have …

Dreams, Hopes & Sacrifices National Geographic Photo Camp

By Jacky Cortes, Dream Project Alum While the whole country talks about immigration and family separation, it is not that often that immigrants like myself get access to professional photographers and a world-renowned platform to share your own stories through art and photography. But last month, we did. And doing so fueled us to continue to proudly embrace and document our journeys. During …